Borrow from Other Locations
If your item is not immediately available from our library, there are several ways to get what you need. See the IDS FAQ for additional information.
RIT belongs to a consortium of 12 academic libraries within New York, ConnectNY. RIT students, faculty, and staff can search for and borrow items from any of these institutions using the ConnectNY catalog. Please note that ConnectNY will no longer be in business after the end of academic year 2023/2024. From that point on, you can use IDS Express for borrowing books from other libraries.
Interlibrary Loan can be used to request a variety of materials including journal articles, physical books, book chapters, conference papers, media, patents, reports, theses and standards documents from RIT Libraries' Offsite Collections and from other libraries worldwide. You can go directly to the website to place your request or click on the [MORE!] button while searching the library databases for an item. Electronic items are delivered in PDF format.
RRLC Access Pass
The Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC) is a local network of libraries that provides a direct borrowing program. The Access Pass allows you to visit a participating library and borrow directly from them. The Access Pass Program is particularly helpful to users who need something from another collection immediately, who need to browse through a specialized collection, who lack sufficient bibliographic information for effective interlibrary loan, or who need to use resources which cannot be borrowed or photocopied.
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